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Would Jesus clean toilets?

Would Jesus clean toilets?

When I am sitting on the floor in the bathroom, wearing my purple rubber gloves, scrubbing the blue toilet, I wonder if Jesus would clean toilets. Would Jesus sit beside me and  clean the toilet with me?

Would Jesus say, “Pamela, I will scrub the toilet for you.”

I don’t like to clean the toilet. Okay, I hate cleaning the toilet. The job seems menial, something a lowly servant would do. Are there some jobs that are for Kings and some jobs that are for servants?

Do I have a bad attitude?

I keep thinking of the story where Jesus washed the disciples feet. Do you know the story? Jesus is having meal with his students, his disciples. They don’t sit in chairs at a table. The table is low to the ground. They sit and recline on the floor. ,

The roads they walk on are dirt roads. The men wore sandals. The men didn’t wear closed toed shoes and socks, drive in cars, and walk on carpeted floors. They walked. Their feet were dirty.

In that time period it was customary for a servant to wash the feet of  the guests when they arrived. At this meal there was no servant.  Everyone was sitting around the table with dirty feet. No one offered to wash the feet of another.

Jesus didn’t wash the disciples feet when they arrived; he started to wash their feet during the meal. Jesus got up from the floor and took off his outer clothing. He wrapped a towel around his waist and poured water into a basin.

Jesus washed the disciples feet and dried them with the towel that was wrapped around his waist.

I wonder what the men thought as they watched their teacher washing feet. Their teacher was doing the task of a menial servant. In the book of John there is no record of anyone offering to do take the place of Jesus and wash the men’s feet.

When Jesus had finished washing everyone’s feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again. He asked the men if they understood what he had done.

Jesus told them they should wash each others feet.

 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13: 14-15

Jesus wants us to serve each other. Jesus set an example of service. He was the Lord and the Teacher,yet he did a job that a lowly servant would do.

Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13: 16-17

Jesus said, “No servant is greater than his master.”

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.  I don’t know if Jesus would wear purple rubber gloves, but I do know he came to serve.

Jesus would clean toilets.

If Jesus can wash his disciples feet and serve humbly I will clean my toilets with a humble attitude. I will quit complaining.

I will wear rubber gloves though.

Do you think Jesus would clean toilets?

Charlie wants to help me clean the toilet.

Charlie wants to help me clean the toilet.





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  • Sue Sutherlin

    I am a little behind in my reading . . . . Another thing that might make the job a little easier is to be thankful you have a toilet with running water, and that you don’t have to go outside to an outhouse (or even a porta-potty that is ‘serviced’ regularly). Keep the toilet brush handy and give the bowl a quick swish once a day (easier said than done – I have a toilet brush there, and I don’t do it every day). Thanks for the down-to-earth lesson about the loving service of Jesus, and the example He set for us!

    • pamelahodges

      Sue, thank you for reading my stories. Your point about being thankful for running water is very wise. So much to be thankful for.

  • I don’t know the answer except that Jesus said so many times, in so many ways that there is nothing wrong with being lowly and that the lowliest are closest to God. So when I clean my toilet I will try to remember that I am really very close to God. Or when I am watering the flowers or washing to dishes or cleaning up Tink’s poop. Close to God.

    • I will remember I am close to God when I scrub out the toilet stains with the pumice stone I bought. I will be close to God for hours.

  • Janelle

    Sometimes service is fun, but lots of times it isn’t. Bathroom cleaning isn’t fun, but it’s an important service. I’ll try to have a positive attitude about it today.

    • I will try and have a positive attitude today too Janelle. I don’t like to clean toilets.

  • Winnie Moyer

    I don’t want to clean my toilet. You see, it has a leak around the rubber that is not sealed and so every time it is flushed it leaks 🙁 I have a suite mate and I want her to clean the toilet, I did it last week, and the week before. But I think that after reading your blog I must clean the toilet, and I will do it with a joyful heart (or at least I will try) and as I clean I will imagine Papa being right there with me. I do love your purple gloves (purple is my favorite color) I wonder if I can get that color in China 🙂 Thanks for your blog, I really like it!!

    • Oh Winnie, I need to send you purple gloves to clean your toilet. I am delighted you like to read my writing.

      Today is toilet cleaning day in the Hodges household. Or toilet cleaning month. I usually just clean if I know we have company coming.

      I will clean with a joyful heart today too Winnie. Thank you for commenting. You encourage me.

      • Winnie Moyer

        I cleaned my toilet!! 🙂 I have a guest coming Monday so it needs to be clean

        • Yeah Winnie! How long would it take for you to fly here and clean mine?

          • Winnie Moyer

            well it took me three days to get here with all my connections…so three days 🙂 But if I get a pair of purple gloves to bring back to China I’ll contemplate coming 🙂

  • lucrecer

    Yeah. I think He would have cleaned the toilet. The bathroom is my least favorite place to clean, but when it is done, it looks so much better. I do have an appreciation for it.

    • I appreciate a clean toilet too Lucrecer. Today is the day I will clean mine. I will quit complaining.